To go along with our unit on Native Americans, I took the kids to the Portland Art Museum to see their Native American collection. We saw a variety of art. Some work was modern & used as decoration, some work was once used in celebrations, & some work was used in everyday life. I was surprised & impressed with all the different styles. Here's just a smattering of what we saw:
|We went to the Art Museum on a day there was a public tour of the Native American art. This woman was our docent & was great at asking the kids questions. The tour was about an hour. The first 30-45 minutes the kids were really engaged, then I think the talking got to be too much & they started getting antsy. I'm happy knowing they did learn at least a little bit because occasionally they will mention something the woman told us.|
unknown Columbia River artist. Before 1750. Basalt.
unknown Kiowa artist. ca 1890. Wood, metal, leather, cotton cloth, glass beads, gourd, and hair.
|A dried gourd on the cradle was baby's rattle.|
unknown Kiowa artist. ca 1890. Leather, rawhide, paint, glass beads, metal tacks.
unknown Plains artist. ca 1890/1900. Leather, rawhide, cotton cloth binding, porcupine quills, glass beads, metal cones, and dyed horsehair.
|Elk Tooth Dress|
unknown Crow artist. ca 1890. Wool cloth, elk teeth, bone, and glass beads.
unknown Cheyenne artist. ca 1890. Leather, glass beads, and paint.
unknown Blackfeet artist. ca 1890. Leather, glass beads, and wool cloth.
|Honoring the Family|
Family items made by Native Americans in the Columbia Plateau
|Celebrating the Horse|
Work of the Plateau Indians
|Singing MaidensAllan Houser. 1979. Tennessee marble.|
Glenn LaFontaine. ca 1975. Clay and acrylic paint.
unknown Cahuilla artist. ca 1920. Sumac and juncus.
|Because of the cold weather in Alaska, these Native Americans had fewer colors & materials available for their work. To be honest, these items were not my favorite, but I did appreciate them.|
unknown Yup'ik artist. ca 1900. Wood, feathers, paint, and sinew
|Killer Whale Mask|
unknown Kwakwaka'wakw artist. ca 1900. Wood, paint, cloth, and string.
|Another view of the feasting dish.|
|Wolf Forehead Mask|
Tlingit. ca 1880. Wood, hair, copper, opercula shells, cloth, paint.
|The Sculptor and the King|
George de Forest Brush. 1888. Oil on wood panel.
Ralph Blakelock. ca 1873. Oil on canvas.
unknown San Blas artist. ca 1940. Cotton.
I am so thankful for all the great museums & places to visit within driving distance from our home.